Menu for October 31, 2015

entree Lemon Herb Salmon + Fingerling Potato Salad
entree Southwest Quinoa Bowl + Cilantro Sauce
entree Black Bean Burgers
entree Spicy Vegetable Stir-fry
soup Roasted Red Pepper Bisque
salad Kale Salad + Pistachio Dressing
grain Pink Rice
vegetable Eggplant + Carrots
breakfast Vegan Breakfast Burritos
breakfast Orange Cardamum Chia
breakfast Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bars
dessert Chocolate Coconut Bars
snack Pumpkin Spiced Candied Nuts


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Boston Menu for October 3, 2105

entree Chicken + Broccoli + Apple Salad
entree Eggplant + Plantain Lasagna
entree Mediterranean Pasta + Herb Vinaigrette
entree Grape + Candied Walnut Quinoa
soup Ginger Carrot Soup
salad Spinach + Strawberries + Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
grain Wild Rice
vegetable Rosemary Butternut Squash + Kale
breakfast Peach Mango Chia
breakfast Vegetable Hash
breakfast Flax Seed Bars
dessert Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
snack Housemade Pico + Chips


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Boston Menu September 26, 2015

entree Southwest Quinoa Bowl + Cilantro Sauce
entree Rice Noodle Pad Thai + Almonds
entree Stuffed Peppers
entree Vegetable Sauteed Rice + Lemon Pepper Salmon
soup Mushroom Soup
salad Chopped Salad
grain Brown Rice
vegetable Roasted Beets + Collard Greens
breakfast Toasted Coconut No-Gurt
breakfast Southwest Breakfast Saute
breakfast Almond Butter Bars
dessert Raw Donuts
snack Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

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Boston Menu Sept 19, 2015


entree Lemony Rice + Grilled Shrimp
entree Wild Mushroom Stroganoff
entree Plantain Wrap + Chipotle Dipping Sauce
entree Root Vegetables + Cauliflower Mash
soup Wild Rice + Vegetable Soup
salad Mixed Greens + Creamy Fennel Dressing
grain Quinoa
vegetable Roated Rainbow Carrots + Parsnips
breakfast Mocha Chia Pudding
breakfast No-Gurt Parfait + Hemp Seed Granola
breakfast Vegan Breakfast Burritos
dessert Toasted Coconut Chocolate Mousse
snack Spiced Chickpeas

Boston Menu September 5, 2015

entree Black Rice Soba Pad Thai
entree Vegetable Stir Fry + Candied Tempeh
entree Caramelized Onion Vegan Macaroni + Cheese
entree Quinoa + Bean Chili
soup Sweet Potato
salad Spinach + Balsamic
grain Wild Sweet Pink Rice
vegetable Grilled Zucchini + Summer Squash
breakfast Orange No-Gurt
breakfast Banana Bread
breakfast Tofu Eggs + Potato Hash



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Boston menu, June 20, 2015

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entree Quinoa + Bean Chili
entree Rice Pilaf + Butternut + Kale +Nutty Parmesan
entree Lentils + Celeriac + Herb Vinaigrette
entree Thai Lettuce Wraps + Sesame Almond Sauce
soup Vegetable Miso
salad Garden Salad + Vegan Ranch
grain Forbidden Black Rice
vegetable Grilled Summer Squash + Red Cabbage
breakfast Maple Sausage + Kale + Sweet Potatoes
breakfast Açai Bowl
breakfast Apricot Granola Bars
dessert Chocolate Almond Chickpea Cookies
snack Trail Mix

Thank you to our dear friend Sheri

Thank you to Sheri!

FEB 28, 2015

An open letter  from Chef Kristen and Keven :

We want to extend a great big teary-eyed thank you to one of our dearest friends and members of the Kombu family – Sheri Garf.  Sheri has decided to take a sabbatical from her time at the editors desk where she did a brilliant job week after week.

As you already know, Sheri has served our Kombu community with a generous heart, a sharp wit, and an insightful perspective as she crafted our weekly newsletters and blog.  We were insanely lucky to have her in our life when we needed her gifts, and that she was available to take over the delicate and critical job of communicating with you all with consistently high quality and thoughtful articles.

Sheri has been writing for you for well over a year – can you believe how time flies?   Every week I learn something and smile, and find myself consistently envious of her gift as a communicator.  

Our hope is to work with her again, and also hope she knows how much she means to us as a friend and as a partner in the service of you our Kombu family.  We have nothing but love, admiration, and gratitude for her and wish her the very best in the next chapter of her beautiful life.   We love you Sheri!

For the time being we will be sending out only menus and basic housekeeping messages in the weekly newsletter, and as always invite your thoughtful comments and feedback.  We especially invite your feedback about Sheri.  We will share any replies to this email with you as a special public thank you to Sheri from you the Kombu family.

with love and in health
Kristen and Keven

500 Hours

I was certified as a yoga instructor almost 10 years ago. It was, and still is, one of the best programs in the country and my 200-hours of training have served me well. That being said, I am ready for more.

I am ready to go to the next level. I am ready to be inspired. I am ready to work hard towards achieving a goal. I am ready to bring my students more. I’m not ready to leave my kids and my husband for nine days — four times — to do the training, though.

Despite that, I registered for the 500-hour program and will soon be attending the first nine-day training module. I am scared. I am excited but I am scared. Oh, and I feel a little guilty, too. I’ve never left my family for more than a weekend, and I am not comfortable doing something just for me. My husband travels often for business, but that is part of his job. It’s something he does for our family, so there isn’t any guilt associated with it. My training isn’t required.

However, I am hoping that I will return home as a better version of myself. After that much yoga and intensive study, I imagine that I will feel stronger, more confident, more patient, and more excited about life. I anticipate that I will not only be reenergized as a teacher, but as a person, a wife, and a mom. Hmmm, maybe this isn’t just for me…

In health,

Weekly Menu for February 21, 2015

entree: Chana Masala
entree: Rye Berry + Farro Salad + Butternut Squash + Cranberries + Vegan Suasage
entree: Korean BBQ Seitan + Kimchi + Apple Slaw
entree: Raw Zucchini Carbonara
soup: Vegetable Miso
salad: Grilled Fig Salad + Spiced Cashews
grain: Forbidden Black Rice
vegetable: Roasted Beets + Garlic Greens
breakfast: Mixed Berry Gluten Free Oatmeal
breakfast: Strawberry Rhubarb No-Gurt
breakfast: Tofu Scramble + Sweet Potato Home Fries
dessert: Gluten-Free Almond Butter Cookies
snack: Roasted Candied Nuts


Declutter: Start Small

I’m so excited to be getting a new car! I keep cars for a very long time, which means I will be trading in one with a cassette tape player. Yes, I can still play tapes. Anyway, in anticipation, I started cleaning out my car. I’ll admit that my car is far from immaculate, but mostly it’s water bottles and toys on the floor of the back seat, and tissues and snack wrappers stuffed in doors. (I know. Gross.) Every week or so I do a fast sweep and get it back to respectable. Clearly, I hadn’t cleaned out my glove compartment in a while, though. I had absolutely no idea how much stuff was in there. (Did people really keep gloves in those once upon a time?)

Anyway, I started emptying. Along the way I found some very important things like the registration and title. I’m sure the title isn’t supposed to be kept in there, but at least I have it. Of course I kept the car’s original paperwork and manuals I never referenced. Plus, I found at least a dozen lollipops, numerous pens, a lot of written warnings, old cards, mini speakers, a bungee cord, two lighters, mints, hand wipes, years of oil change and tire rotation receipts, two pairs of sunglasses, napkins, straws, band-aids, three whoopee cushions, a school picture, a check book, a diaper changing pad, binder clips…

Seriously, the amount of stuff in there was silly. And no, I had no idea what was in there. It’s a good thing I cleaned it out, though. I found $400 of AMEX gift cards that were misplaced a year ago!

The moral of the story? Hidden clutter is still clutter. Even though you can’t see it, it’s there and probably has an impact on your life. I definitely worried about those gift cards for a while and felt bad when I decided they were lost. So when you think of decluttering your life and get overwhelmed thinking about the closets and the basement and the other projects that are so huge they will take days or weeks…step back and decide to start small. The glove compartment. Your wallet. One junk drawer. The cabinet under your bathroom sink. Cleaning out even a small area can feel really good, and you never know what you may find!

In health,

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